Billy Joel’s Madison Square Garden Residency Turns 5: $130 Million within the Bank & No Sign Of Stopping

Five years deep into his historic month-to-month residency at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel impacts the Hot Tours recap dated Feb. 2. According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, Joel grossed $four.6 million as a result of his New Year’s Eve efficiency at NYCB Live in Uniondale, N.Y. and the Jan. 24 live performance at MSG.

His most up-to-date Madison Square Garden engagement marks his 60th since starting his residency 5 years in the past on Jan. 27, 2014. Over these 5 years, Joel has grossed $129.9 million on the area, unstoppably constant in his capacity to promote out all sixty reveals. The attendance rely has hardly moved since 2014, starting from the highpoint 18,795 tickets (June 17, 2016) to the relative low-light 18,293 (Nov. 21, 2016).

Below is a breakdown his annual grosses at Madison Square Garden. 

Year – Gross; Tickets Sold

2014 – $24.four million gross income; 223,921 tickets offered

2015 – $26 million; 224,244

2016 – $25 million; 224,269

2017 – $23.9 million; 205,839 (11 reveals in 2017, as opposed 12 in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018)

2018 – $28.2 million; 223,745

With attendance barely fluctuating from one present to a different, grosses additionally remained constant in 2018, however the 12 months marked a excessive level for Joel’s residency. After shifting between $23.9 million and $26 million from 2014 to 2017, he managed to leap 18% in 2018 as a result of elevated ticket costs. The residency started with tickets set at $119.50, $99.50, and $59.50. There was a slight uptick for the P1 ticket to $123.50 in 2016 however the three% increase didn’t considerably have an effect on grosses. In 2018 nonetheless, tickets elevated additional to $139.50 on the excessive finish and $65.50 on the low finish.

Circling again to his Jan. 24 engagement that lands him on this week’s recap, tickets have once more pushed to $149.50, a slight 7% enhance that helps his newest present change into the second-highest grossing live performance all the residency at $2.four million. Joel has reveals scheduled at Madison Square Garden by means of Aug. 28, seemingly with extra to come back.

While Joel’s Madison Square Garden residency has grossed practically $130 million, his reign over the sector extends to 88 reveals since Billboard Boxscore started monitoring touring knowledge in 1990. His whole venue gross stands tall at $162.5 million. Throughout his whole profession, Joel has grossed $861 million (together with his in depth co-headline touring with Elton John).

Billy Joel isn’t the one artist cracking the Hot Tours checklist Madison Square Garden, as Sebastian Maniscalco hits No. 2 with 4 reveals within the spherical over two nights. As beforehand reported, the stand-up extraordinaire grossed a mammoth $eight.three million and offered 72,960 tickets, simply breaking the information for the highest-grossing and most-attended North American comedy engagement within the historical past Billboard Boxscore.

Previously, Dave Chappelle’s 10-show run at Radio City Music Hall (June 18-27, 2014) held each information, at $four.eight million grossed and 59,452 tickets offered. Maniscalco out-grossed Chappell by 70% and out-sold him by 23%.

Globally, Maniscalco trails two 20-show engagements by Peter Kay on the Manchester Evening News Arena in England. In 2010 and 2011, Kay grossed $10.7 million and $10.eight million, respectively, promoting a mixed 388,821 tickets throughout the 40 reveals.

Maniscalco has constructed up his unimaginable northeastern fan base over the previous couple of years. He offered out seven reveals at New York’s Beacon Theatre (May 1-9, 2016), adopted by ten sellouts at Huntington’s The Paramount (Feb. 1-7, 2017). Then, it was 5 performances at Radio City Music Hall (April 19-21, 2018), and culminated in his record-setting weekend at MSG. His ten greatest engagements embrace these 4 New York stints, plus 4 in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In distinction to his 4 sold-out area reveals in Manhattan, he not too long ago performed two reveals at Minneapolis’s 2,100-seat State Theatre and two nights at San Francisco’s 2,300-seat The Masonic.

See beneath for the total Hot Tours recap, that includes Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, and Andrea Bocelli.

  HOT TOURS – FEB. 2, 2019
  Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Jan. 22 – 28
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 Justin Timberlake
  Jan. 12 – 24
  FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn (1/1)
  Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La. (1/1)
  Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
  AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (1/1)
  Toyota Center, Houston, Texas (1/1)
  American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (1/1)
  90,822 (90,822)
2 Sebastian Maniscalco
  Jan. 19 – 20
  Madison Square Garden, New York (four/four)
  72,960 (72,960)
three Billy Joel
  Dec. 31 – Jan. 24
  NYCB Live, Home Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/1)
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
  32,999 (32,999)
four Metallica
  Jan. 18 – 24
  BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
  Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn. (1/1)
  33,952 (33,952)
5 Andrea Bocelli
  Nov. 2 – three
  O2 Arena, London (zero/2)
  31,405 (32,526)
6 Keith Urban
  Jan. 25 – 26
  Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (zero/2)
  23,398 (24,000)
7 Pete Tong
  Nov. 30 – Dec. 1
  O2 Arena, London (zero/2)
  34,283 (37,958)
eight Florence + The Machine
  Nov. 21 – 22
  O2 Arena, London (zero/2)
  35,821 (37,540)
9 Paul McCartney
  Dec. 16
  O2 Arena, London (1/1)
  15,651 (15,651)
10 Elton John
  Jan. 18
  Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. (1/1)
  14,749 (14,749)